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Property Description

Key features

  • GRADE II LISTED HOME
  • FOUR BEDROOMS
  • TWO BATHROOMS
  • WEALTH OF CHARACTER FEATURES
  • ADJOINING THREE BEDROOM COTTAGE
  • QUIET RURAL LOCATION
  • DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE
  • GENEROUS LAWNED GARDENS

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Tenure: Freehold

The Story

Totally encompassed by high hedges, St Michael’s House is an idyllic slice of rural England with wildlife to watch, cosy fires – and two properties instead of one


Watching the wildlife in the garden of St Michael’s House has been a favourite activity for Andy who bought the property with his wife Emma after falling in love with its rural location and period features. “We had just spent eight years living in Vancouver where all the buildings are so new, so the age of it really appealed,” he says. He particularly loves the wooden mullion windows in the adjoining cottage and the wealth of character beams in the main house: “Upstairs is a corridor where all the beams are on show – it’s a very nice space; if you want to see the frame of the house it’s all there.”

A SLICE OF HISTORY
The Grade II Listed farmhouse dates from the early 1400s but the adjoining cottage is believed to be significantly older. “There is agricultural land to one side of the house and we know that monks from the nearby church used to live in the cottage and graze their animals on the land. The church dates back to 1200.” Separated from the house by a pond, the 14 acres of agricultural land make for a beautiful setting and also mean that the area is safe from development. The house and garden feel beautifully secluded being surrounded by large, mature hedges: visitors reach the house by driving through a hedge archway on to the large driveway, which can accommodate about six cars.

YEAR-ROUND COMFORT
Andy and Emma made a lot of improvements to the house, including adding wood pellet biomass heating which, combined with a total of two wood-burners in the house and cottage makes for some very cosy winter evenings. “In the summer the house is beautifully cool when you come in from the garden,” says Andy. “We also love the fact that it has surprisingly large windows for such an old house and most of the rooms are double or even triple aspect meaning that there is plenty of light.” Andy used to use the downstairs bedroom as an office; it has windows on three sides, giving beautiful views of the garden. “It’s nice and warm and bright in there, and I used to find myself looking out of window watching wildlife while on conference calls. Later, we made it into a reading room and now that it’s a holiday home it serves as a ground floor bedroom for older visitors.”

FLEXIBLE ACCOMMODATION
Andy and Emma have enjoyed great success renting the property as a holiday home. They began by letting out the cottage while living in the house and then moved out of the house so that they could rent that too. With the holiday market in mind, they have taken great care with the calming neutral décor, ensuring everything is finished to a high standard. They also found the house ideal for family life and had initially envisaged using the cottage as a separate space for their children when they got older.
“The cottage would also make a very good annexe because the adjoining garage could be converted to a downstairs bedroom and wet room.”

LARGE PARTIES
The cottage is ideal for accommodating visitors. Andy and Emma have hosted some memorable parties at St Michael’s House, often having large gatherings and parties whilst living at St Michael's House. “We had some great parties there – I remember one where we had 15 adults and three children and there were enough beds for everyone to stay.”
An added bonus, he says, is that you don’t have to worry about waking up the neighbours, as there are none nearby. The spacious kitchen has room for dining and there is also a large and beautiful dining room, making it easy to feed big groups of people. “It was also nice to have two dining options as a family,” he says.

COTTAGE COMFORTS
On quieter days one of Andy’s favourite places is the cottage living room. “It’s lovely in there with the stone floor and a fire in the wood-burner; you can put that on, pull curtains, get a glass of wine and it’s so cosy. There’s a really nice feel to it with a few friends chatting away.” He has also loved the atmosphere of the main house, which immediately struck him as friendly and welcoming. “It’s the kind of house you instantly feel you can live in – it’s just a happy kind of house. I feel lucky to have owned it.”

Setting The Scene

Hidden behind high hedges, the one-acre garden allows plenty of space for children to play but is also easy to look after. “When it snowed we had the kids running round on sledges and it always feels safe for them because it is so enclosed,” says Andy. “It’s very much your own private space and the hedgerow is so old it has lots of different plants in it including wild hops, blackberries and elder – so there are lots of berries to pick at certain times of year. “It’s your own little England, and it has lots of wildlife; a lot of people comment on the garden and the wild animals they see there; we even had a deer living there for a few months. I was sitting in garden last week and there was no noise whatsoever - a few birds tweeting, that’s it. It’s very restful and very peaceful.”

Whats Nearby

South Elmham is a quiet rural village set amongst a number of similar villages, the nearby village of Rumburgh boasts a local publich house. Only three miles from the town of Bungay which has a range of local shops including a number of antique and gift shops, facilities include a variety of restaurants and public houses and is also known for the Fisher theatre and mott an bailey castle.

Within Easy Reach

The large centres of Halesworth and Beccles are within easy driving distance and offer further shops including a choice of supermarkets. Beccles is a bustling market town with a good selection of cafes and public houses with a regular Friday market. Set on the River Wavey which is a gateway through to the Norfolk Broads. With regular bus services onto Lowestoft and Norwich with a train link then onto London Liverpool street station. Halesworth also has varied shopping off the pedestrian area, with local schooling hotel and cottage hospital also know for the thriving centre for the arts, being en-route to Southwold approximately 13 miles away reknown for the beach huts.

How To Get There

Travel out of the town of Bungay towards Halesworth and then turn left into into Flixton Road, turn left up St Margaret’s Hill and at the T junction signed Flixton 3 turn right and travel past St Peter’s Brewery. Travel over the bridge to the common and the property will be found shortly after on the right.

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31 August 2016

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  • Halesworth (4.8 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Brampton (4.5 mi)
  • Halesworth (4.8 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Chewton Rose, Norwich

38 Exchange Street, Norwich, NR2 1AX

01603 950058 Local call rate

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